November 30rd Weekly Word


Greens Workshop

Tonight at 6:30!

Bring some clippers/pruners and join us in Hadley Hall tonight at 6:30. We will be decorating wreaths and making swags and centerpieces out of greens. Kari will be leading, teaching and directing, so even if you have never done anything like this before, come join us. We always have so much fun! Bring a friend and make it a “night out.” Kari will be providing ornaments, ribbons etc. for decorating.

All the products we create will be for sale on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at the Christmas Craft Fair.

Christmas Craft Fair

This Saturday 9am-3pm

Please come and join us on Saturday for our annual Christmas Craft Fair, and if you can, please help.

Things you can do:

  • Make soup
  • Provide baked goods
  • Donate raffle items
  • Staff tables at the event
  • Help set up before the event on Thursday, Dec 1
  • Help break down after the event
  • Attend and invite others to attend

Sign-up sheets are located outside of the office, or call/email the office to sign up.

Let’s make this the best Christmas Fair ever! As always, thank you for your support.

Your Fundraising Team

Advent Devotional and Discussion Group

We have a wonderful daily Advent devotional booklet available sanctuary and Hadley Hall. This year's devotional focuses on practicing simplicity each day of Advent and beyond.

We are having a discussion group based on these devotions on Thursday mornings at 10am. We meet upstairs in the Davis Room (large room at end of hall). Sessions run for about 90 minutes, and all are welcome. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Pastor Kathy.

Annual Christmas Collection for Families in Need

Every year our congregation collects items to give at Christmas. This year we are collecting for the Manchester Diaper Pantry.

Due to the challenging economy, what the pantry needs the most isn't gifts, but basic supplies for babies.

So--we are collecting DIAPERS, WIPES and FORMULA this year

All types of formula and diaper sizes are needed!

Please drop off in the foyer of Hadley Hall now through Christmas.

On behalf of the Missions Team--THANK YOU!!!

Christmas Earth  Carrie Vall

Worship This Week

Please join us in our Sanctuary

or online at 10am for

Second Sunday of Advent as well as Communion Sunday

Coffee hour will be held in Hadley Hall after the service. 

We hope you will join us.

The service will be live streamed through Facebook Live here or on 3CX here.

artwork: Christmas Earth © Mary Southard

Interfaith Choir Concert

This Sunday at HCC

You may have heard that the Interfaith Choir of the Greater Derry and Londonderry Area has started up again after a 2-year hiatus. We were very excited to regroup and we have a great selection of music planned for our Free December Holiday Concert!

This year, we will be having just one public concert on Sunday, December 4 at 4PM in the sanctuary of Hampstead Congregational Church. There will be refreshments in Hadley Hall immediately following the concert.


New Member Sunday

On Sunday, December 18th we will welcome three new members into our congregation! If you might be interested in learning more about Hampstead Congregational Church, please contact Pastor Kathy. She’d love to talk with you more about our mission, beliefs, and structure. Please plan to join us at the worship service on the 18th to share in this joyous occasion. 

Soup Bread

Loaf & Ladle "Thank You"

We are back! It was so nice to finally be able to come together again for our November Loaf & Ladle event!

The food and the fellowship were wonderful and the Missions Team would like to thank everyone that attended and/or donated to the Manchester Diaper Pantry. Through your generosity, $227 was raised to buy much needed diapers, wipes, and formula for local families in need. 

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and the Missions Team would like to thank you for your support in mission opportunities and in friendship!

A Word from Peace & Justice

Here are the Winter Farmers Market information for 2022 and 2023. The closest markets are in Salem and Stratham.

Salem NH Farmers’ Market: LaBelle Winery 

14 Rte. 111 • Derry • Sun. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Vegetables, dairy, maple, meats, fish, prepared foods, baked goods and crafts. Holiday Party: Sun. 

Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Closed for: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. SNAP/

EBT accepted and doubled at the market. 

Stratham Winter Farmers’ Market: Stratham Cooperative Middle School, 100 Academic Way  Sat Dec. - Apr. • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Vegetables, dairy, meat, prepared foods, baked goods, maple, beverages and crafts. Visit for details and dates.

The Salem market participates in the Granite State Market Match program of the 

Nutrition Incentives Network. Customers using SNAP benefits will have their expenses matched dollar for dollar. A $10 match cap/market may exist at some locations (spend up 

to $10 using SNAP and get up to $10 match for a total of $20). 

The Music Corner by Herb Tardiff

O come, O come, Emmanuel is a Christian Hymn for Advent.

The original lyrics were in Latin and first discovered in Germany in 1710. The melody originated in 15th-century France and the biblical references are from Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; The virgin will conceive, and give birth to a Son, and will call Him Emmanuel” (NIV).

O come, O come, Immanuel,

and ransom captive Israel

that mourns in lonely exile here

until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel

shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high,

who ordered all things mightily;

to us the path of knowledge show

and teach us in its ways to go. Refrain

O come, O come, great Lord of might,

who to your tribes on Sinai's height

in ancient times did give the law

in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

O come, O Branch of Jesse's stem,

unto your own and rescue them!

From depths of hell your people save,

and give them victory o'er the grave. Refrain

O come, O Key of David, come

and open wide our heavenly home.

Make safe for us the heavenward road

and bar the way to death's abode. Refrain

O come, O Bright and Morning Star,

and bring us comfort from afar!

Dispel the shadows of the night

and turn our darkness into light. Refrain

O come, O King of nations, bind

in one the hearts of all mankind.

Bid all our sad divisions cease

and be yourself our King of Peace. Refrain 

Updated Directories Coming--

New Pictures Wanted!

We are getting ready to print our HCC Members and Friends directory (last printing was in 2018).

We would love to get a current photo of you/your family to include in our updated directory, especially if you are a new member or friend.

Please email a current photo for our directory to

New Hampshire Conference UCC Weekly News

We thought you might enjoy reading the NH Conference UCC weekly newsletter. You can read it with this link.

11/29/22 Newsletter

Each week, we will update this section of our Weekly Word with the new link for the current newsletter.

Missions Opportunities:

Food Drive to Support

Saint Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry

Holiday Needs

 Grated cheese, salad dressing, pasta sauce, quick bread/muffin mix,

hearty/meaty soups (Chunky, Progresso), boxed crackers, hot cocoa,

cereal (Cheerios & Multigrain Cheerios).

Please drop off any donations in the foyer of Hadley Hall

Please, no expired items.

Thank you for all your support!

Next volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, December 28th. If you are interested in volunteering contact Jane DeRosa via email at

Volunteer @ Soup Kitchen

The Sonshine Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to prepare and package the food for "To Go Meals." We partner with Atkinson Congregational Church once a month on the 4th Wednesday of the month to help out from 3-6pm.

Blankets for Project Linus

For those of you who have been busy sewing, quilting, knitting, or crocheting, we have an new opportunity to donate those handmade items!

We located a national organization that has local chapters called Project Linus ( This organization's mission is "to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans". Blankets are given to children in need through NH.

*We welcome all styles of blankets made in child-friendly colors/prints.
*Crocheted, knitted, quilted (100% cotton or flannel), fleece….you don’t have to be an expert!
*Blankets must be NEW, HANDMADE and WASHABLE.
*Fabric blankets can be quilted by machine, hand or tied. If you are tying the blanket make sure the ends are trimmed to 1” and the knots are secure.
*Please do not add any embellishments to the blankets such as buttons that could be swallowed by a child.
*If you are using a no-sew fleece pattern, please be sure to trim off both selvages FIRST. Not sure what selvages are? Ask the clerk who is cutting your fleece to please show you, they’re those odd looking edges at the top and bottom of the piece you have, sort of raggy looking.
*We accept all sizes of blankets. We donate to children, infants through teen years, so any size is appropriate. Baby blankets are typically 36”X36” or 36”X42”, toddler-pre-teen are typically about 40”X60”, and teen blankets are at least 60"X72".

Blankets can be dropped off in the entry way of Hadley Hall.

Thank you for your support of this project!
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